Long-term temporary parking?

On my way to work, I saw a Notice of Proposed Land Use Action. The proposed new use for the property was listed as long-term temporary parking.

What the heck is long-term temporary parking?

Comments (22)
  1. Sunil Joshi says:

    Long-term and the temporary most likely refer to different things.

    For example, the parking provided may be long-term (typically more than day) but the land use may be temporary (as opposed to permanent.)

    The purpose of the notice is to draw your attention to more detailed documents which are no doubt available for inspection, not to be a free standing explanation of the entire proposal.

  2. Marquess says:

    A parking space where you park a car for an extended period of time without actually owning the space? That is, as soon as you leave it, anyone may use it again.

  3. John says:

    Long-term as in the lot will be used for parking for many years.  Temporary as in 4 hour metered spots or something.

  4. Luis G says:

    Reminds me of the "permanent" mail stamps we have in Canada… Canada Post reserves the right to stop accepting them at anytime.

    You should report this to New Scientist’s Feedback, they love this kind of stuff.


  5. ERock says:

    I read that as Temporary (unpaved or unmaintained paving) Long-Term (in use for many years).

    Sometime ago, during a news report about illegally small parking spaces, that a regulation size parking space could cost upwards of $1000 to build, collectively with other spaces in a lot. And explaining the cost is why they try to be cheap and just repaint the lines.

  6. Long Term Parking Owner says:

    A long term parking is usually near an airport or train station.

    It’s a parking (temporary) where you park your car meanwhile you are in your travel (long term, maybe days or weeks).

  7. Tor Lillqvist says:

    My guess would be that each parking "transaction" (a car arrives, is parked, and leaves) is long-term (several days), but an individual car visits the parking lot only occasionally, not regularly? Like parking lots at airports.

  8. Perhaps the rest of the sign explains what long-term temporary parking is.

  9. Neil (SM) says:

    Well, you can park for a looooooong time,  but nobody will be allowed to park forever.

  10. Garry Trinder says:

    Reminds me of a situation I was in once.  For unrelated reasons, I took deliver of a new car on my lunch hour from my job — which meant that I now had two cars at work.  So, I just parked the older one in th eback of the employee parking lot and left it there (I only had space for one at my house).  If I was planning something "high-risk" (like parking on the street in NYC), I’d drive to the office and switch cars, but mostly it just sat there.  

    One day I found on the car, a note from the building management, stating that if the car was not removed by some particular day it would be towed, citing as the offense "excessive parking (more than 30 days)". Presumably, it had been 30 days from when they noticed the car to when they placed the note.

    The funny thing was, when I found the note, it was already more than 30 days after the tow date, and the car was still there.

  11. Browsing the land use application documents for the city of Redmond…


    … I came across this one:



    There you go.

  12. Duke of New York says:

    And now, a few minutes with Raymond Rooney.

  13. old says:

    I have temporal parking.

  14. mikeb says:

    Sunil Joshi says: >> The purpose of the notice is to draw your attention to more detailed documents which are no doubt available for inspection, not to be a free standing explanation of the entire proposal. <<

    Sunil, you are aware that responses to nitpickers (the "Nitpicker’s Corner") is a long-term, permanent area reserved for Raymond, aren’t you?

  15. This went around the office today. It looks like it might be building 26? I’ve only been to the campus a few times but the lot looked familiar. Since you’re the master of Microsoft lore I thought you might know…


    [Unclear how something that happened today counts as “lore”. Or what this has to do with long term temporary parking. -Raymond]
  16. I didn’t realize it just happened today. I just assumed it was lore… and was hoping for confirmation it was actually at Microsoft?

    [I assumed it happened today since you mentioned that you got the picture today. I hadn’t seen it before. -Raymond]
  17. Oh, and my original title was "Speaking of parking" but the "Title (required)" field seems to get lost… sorry for the misunderstanding.

  18. Günter Münstächen says:

    But can I get my long-term temporary parking to speak to me in German?  Ich müß mein Audi auf dem Schinkbeingebürger klingäbeln!

  19. Thomas says:

    Exactly. You can put your car there for longer terms (i.e. days / weeks, though multiple weeks stretches it). The airport example is perfect – they have two types of parking normally:

    * Short term: people parking while they pick someone up), measured in hours or smaller. Close to entrance

    * Long term: paid in days sometimes with week breaks where people going to holidays can park their car for 1-2 weeks (or even a month sometimes). This is normally further away (possibly far enough to ahve a shuttle service to the airport) but a LOT cheaper.

    Still it is temporary – you dont have to take a long term contract etc.

  20. mg says:

    ‘Long-term’ and ‘temporary’ are clearly adjectives. ‘Parking’, at least in this context, is clearly a noun. [It can be also be a verb, as in ‘Where are you parking?’ — but since there is no subject or object in the specified phrase, in this context, it is clearly a noun.]

    According to the rules of English grammar, an adjective can only combine with a noun. Therefore, the result must be either:

    A. long-term (temporary parking)

    [since an adjective-modified noun is still a noun; thus ‘long-term’ can modify ‘(temporary parking)’]


    B. temporary (long-term parking)

    Since English generally parses left-to-right, I interpret this as:

    A. long-term (temporary parking)

    In other words, it’s temporary (short-duration) parking that is expected to be in effect for a relatively lengthy duration.

    If you really wanted the sense of "B", I think you would say "temporary long-term parking". I think adjectives in English bind strongly to their nouns. I guess that makes them right-associative.

  21. EE says:

    mg is right. It means strip-mall.

  22. Fava says:

    I once received a bulletin from a national standards organisation that was Titled "Proposed Tentative Interim Amendment for …."

    They actually spent the first 2 paragraphs of the bulletin defending the name of the bulletin even before they began to discuss what the bulletin was actually about.

    The scary part is that the title actually made sense, once you understood what they were trying to say.  

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